RSPB Phoenix

Making Habitats for Insects - part of CSV Action Earth
at Jacksons' Brickworks, Higher Poynton.
Saturday 8th May 2010

Macclesfield RSPB Wildlife Explorers completed a trio of practical conservation tasks, organised as part of a five-month campaign called CSV Action Earth supported by Morrisons supermarkets, by building a series of log piles at Jackson's Brickworks. The campaign is organised by the UKs leading volunteering and training charity Community Service Volunteers (CSV) and involves over 900 voluntary organisations, businesses and community groups undertaking projects that are of immediate and lasting benefit to the environment.

Wildlife Explorers spent the morning under the careful guidance of Cheshire East Ranger Martin James.
The rangers have introduced the traditional method of coppicing as part of the management of the site.
The woodland is divided into compartments that are then felled in rotation over a number of years.
Felled wood can then be tidied into log piles so that a resurgence of ground flora is not suppressed.
This system will contribute to an improvement in the biodiversity of Jackson's Brickworks,
especially for flowering plants, invertebrates and bird life.

Log piles are an invaluable source of insect life, as well as providing shelter for small mammals, reptiles and amphibians and hibernating wildlife. As wood begins to decay it supports all kinds of fungi and insects
which in turn provide a food source for other invertebrates and larger predators like bats, reptiles, small mammals and birds. In the UK, around 900 species of invertebrates live in or on dead wood alone,
and different species of trees support a unique range of these species at each stage of decay.

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The group also completed a wildlife survey of the site that will be used by the Rangers
as part of the natural history recording at this LNR.

The morning also included gathering records of the flora on the site
that have been used to contribute a Bee Scene survey.

On a short walk to the ponds, we identified:
  Bittercress Cuckoo flower Dandelion Forget-me-not Marsh marigold
  Bluebell Daisy Dog violet Herb Robert Ribwort plantain

The United Nations has declared 2010 to be the International Year of Biodiversity.
As part of the year long celebration CSV Action Earth is committed to raising the awareness of the importance of protecting our natural resources. By supporting CSV Action Earth together we will make a real difference. To find out more visit:

CSV [Community Service Volunteers] is the UKs leading volunteer organisation and creates opportunities for people to play an active part in the life of their community through volunteering, training and community action. To find out more visit:

The United Nations declared 2010 to be the International Year of Biodiversity. It is a celebration of life on earth and of the value of biodiversity for our lives. The world is invited to take action in 2010 to safeguard the variety of life on earth. CSV Action Earth joined the IYB-UK partnership and is committed to raising awareness of the importance of protecting our natural resources. To find out more visit:

For a list of current Action Earth projects UK wide visit our website:

CSV Action Earth 2010 is supported by Morrisons Supermarkets.